Värpinge Golf

Project Details

Client
Värpinge Golf Course
Skills
A nine hole golf course that offers golfers enjoyment and is built around economical, ecological and social responsibilities

Project Description

Värpinge Golf Club

Värpinge Golf´s ambition is to create an attractive program for our members with a focus on sports, competion and social activities. Our sports focus is handled by our pro Peter Johansson, who is prepared to handle training for young and old in the form of training individually and in groups. In Peter’s auspices, we also offer training for juniors and toddlers.

A unique 9-hole links-style public course in Lund

Varpinge Golfcourse is a 9-hole links-style public course with par 34/68. It is designed by the well renowned Swedish golf course architect Tommy Nordstrom. It is situated in the western part of Lund.

Varpinge is perfect when you want an interesting golfing experience with full length holes but only have a limited amount of time. If you are playing the course when it is not so busy a round takes approximately 1½ hours. It is also possible to rent clubs.

When we decided to build the course we wanted to build it with the highest quality not only in the materials but also when planning and designing. Consequently great concern has been taken to the environmental impact of the course and our vision is a golf course that conforms to the thoughts of permaculture. Right from the beginning we have been members of the American environmental organization Audubon International. We have, as the first golf course in Sweden and third in Europe, received Full Certification within the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System for Golf Courses and we have also received Certificate of Achievement for Environmental Planning.

Our aim is be a pesticide-free golf course. We have tried to take all the now known factors in consideration when planning and building the course to minimize the need for pesticides. After 10 years of pesticide-free management we have come to the coclusion that it is possible, but we require the aid of sheep in controlling weeds.

The area where the course is situated is also scattered with stone- and bronze-age archeological finds and this made our planning even more diffucult but also more interesting and rewarding.

The roughs are sown with fine fescues (festuca rubra), fairways are sown with Kentucky Bluegrass (poa pratensis) and fine fescues and finally the worldclass greens are sown with a blend of L-93 and Providence creeping bentgrass (agrostis palustris).

RainBird´s fully automatic irrigation has been installed, with the intent of being used as seldom as possible to aid the fine grasses.

Our greens are, as the first course in southern Sweden, constructed in strict accordance with the USGA specifications for sandbased putting greens and we continually mow them with walk-behind mowers for that extra championship quality.

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